On Wednesday, September 15, 2010, the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Mentoring Initiative had a terrific turnout during the Mentor/Mentee Kick-Off Breakfast. The football themed event was held at the Bleckley County Middle School Lunchroom with many parents, mentors, mentees, principals vice-principals, counselors and staff in attendance.
Over the past two years the school-based mentoring program has had many outstanding adults from our community come forward and give of their time and talent.
Some of our matches have had to change, just as some players change on a team. However, the initiative is still going strong with over 20 matches in place and more adults coming forward to be trained and matched. The benefits of mentored students can be measured by better behavior at school and increased grades, but the close bonds of friendship formed between both student and adult are the most rewarding. Several mentors have followed their mentee to high school, this is quite a testimony to the program’s importance to all involved.
To become a mentor you can contact Gretchen Wilson-Tuck, Bleckley County Family Outreach Coordinator at (478) 934-4300.